VCCA provides room, board and individual studios where Fellows work without distraction for residencies ranging from two weeks to two months. During these periods, Fellows are able to create on a deeper level, producing not only far more, but often much better work than is possible under the normal day-to-day conditions of their lives.
While Fellows are left alone to work, the atmosphere at VCCA is also heady with creative energy. At any given time, there are 25 writers, visual artists and composers in residence interacting with each other at meals, open studios, readings and recitals.
One of the most important aspects of an artists’ residency is this community. At VCCA, Fellows offer mutual inspiration and moral support, act as sounding boards for new ideas, and in some cases, end up being collaborators. These relationships cut across gender, age, nationality and race.